Who is behind this website?
In 1998, the year my youngest daughter (and mini-me), Tatym, was born (shown above in 2012 photo), I started dabbling with making websites by searching “HTML 101” in Yahoo (this was before Google’s time). I initially made simple websites: one for family pictures, one about my preemie twins, and one for all the good deals I would find. I entitled it “My Shopping Bookmarks” and shared it with family and friends for them to “bookmark” as a favorite website in their browser. When I discovered that I could make money with affiliate marketing by sharing these deals and coupons, it made “work” fun.
I also started sending out email alerts (when people used to like getting emails) to family and friends about the good deals I would find, who in turn spread the news to their family and friends. Shopping Bookmarks born and grown to include thousands of bargain shoppers from around the world. I added a section entitled “Kim’s Blog” back in 2003 where I could talk about this and that and everything and that blog eventually spun it off into it’s own domain, ShoppingKim.com.
Unfortunately making money by finding coupons and deals became very competitive, and this mom (no pop) shop couldn’t compete with the corporate big wigs. Shopping Bookmarks ended up on the back burner while I focused more on blogging and consulting.
I’ve been an Ebay seller for decades with not much profit, so I was pleasantly surprised when I tested Amazon FBA at how profitable it could be. Since I’m a deal hunter by nature and affiliate marketer by day (and night), I consider my Amazon FBA business to be my “side hustle” as it’s something fun that my boyfriend and I can do together on the weekends.
The entrepreneur in me wanted to find a way to combine my love of deal hunting, my love of affiliate marketing and my love of Amazon FBA. Thus Shopping Bookmarks was revived to share deals for Amazon FBA. I find the deals I share while looking for deals for myself. Many of you ask why I share these deals I find instead of buying them all myself, and my answer is, “I would if I could.” Some stores have quantity limits so we spread the wealth. Other deals we may be gated in that category (I cannot get approved for auto parts) or name brands (anyone have a connection at Nike?). I also don’t like to buy products that require a lot of prepping (breakables, assembling sets, etc) or have expiration dates (grocery, health and beauty items) to deal with, so we pass along those deals as well as I’d rather deal hunt than prep. Yes, I realize there are prep centers, but I’m also frugal.
I plan to be completely transparent about everything as I truly believe that honesty is the best policy.